Whoa, nelly! At over an inch (2.5 cm) in diameter Drosera scorpioides is a giant pygmy sundew. This titan among tots builds stems atop prior petiole growth similar to other sundews like D. capensis. It’s commonly known as the shaggy sundew (probably due to a combination of fuzzy petioles, long tentacle growth, and a build up of old leaves) and hails from the Jarrah Forest of Western Australia and southern coasts of Southwest Australia. Even the pygmy plants want to kill you in Australia…
D. scorpioides naturally grows near sandy ridges and swamps in clay, white sand, and laterite (a soil type rich in aluminum and iron).
Unique biology of Drosera scorpioides
Leaves are cupped and ovalish with abnormally long tentacles that perform formidably against small prey like gnats.
In late autumn, Drosera scorpioides produces gemmae (like most pygmy sundews). Use these to propagate your plants as seed production isn’t a reliable means to perpetuate the species.
These mighty sundews enjoy full sun, the water tray watering method, and temperatures between 40° – 80° Fahrenheit. They can experience brief dormancy during especially hot summer months, but it is not a necessity in cultivation, and plant care doesn’t change even during a dormant period.
Other notable characteristics
There are a few forms of this plant. A larger D. scorpioides has beautiful white flowers and grows very quickly to sizes of up to two inches (5 cm) in diameter, but is not long for this world (most varieties only live for one to two years). A smaller form of D. scorpioides has darker pink flowers and have been known to survive for more than seven years atop stems 6 to 7 inches (15-18 cm) tall – the ancient shaggy Big Foot of pygmy sundews.
The flowers are approximately 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 cm) in diameter and crop up between August and October months.